I am a college student who loves animals and helps my father on his farm. In exchange he lets me keep some of my own animals on his land. I like having my own animal "projects", where I breed/raise/and learn about different kinds of animals all by myself. Not that i don't appreciate my father help and knowledge! I just like the feeling of taking care of something, watching it change&grow, and learning how to earn (or lose lol) money on my own. I have a sebastopol trio and a birchen marans trio and was really wanting to add quails as my 3rd project and last project. Now on to my actual question (lol). I have done a lot of research on quails and I think I have decided to go with Coturnix quail. I've gotten a lot of information about raising and breeding quail but no where could I find information on how to cull them (maybe i'm just not looking hard enough?). Anytime i type in "How to Cull Quail", butchering information comes up. I'm not looking on how to butcher (already researched it), I want to know HOW TO SELECT quails that you should keep and which ones should be culled. Is there a breed standard that you should be breeding towards? Qualities that you should breed or avoid? Like when breeding Marans & sebastopols you look at coloring, patterns, egg color, combs, feathering etc.. and only select those that have the most "correct" ones. I know that some people may not think it really matters with quail (after all, they ARE mostly bred for consumption), but if there are certain qualities that people are looking for in quail/breed standards, I would like to know. I may just be overthinking this, but one of the reasons I enjoy having these different "projects" is the fun of trying to reach that "goal" of perfection. I hope that makes sense? So what qualitites should you breed or avoid with quails (specifically coturnix)? How do you choose which quails to cull and which ones to keep in your breeding program?